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If Jennifer Love Hewitt ever needed a job to fall back on, taking calls as a 911 dispatcher would not be high on the list.

"I’d be such a nervous nelly," Hewitt insists. "I’d panic. I’d be the worst 911 operator. What they do is amazing. The pressure they are under and their ability to stay calm...


There was a moment when Moira Demos and Laura Ricciardi, the filmmakers behind Netflix’s hit "Making a Murderer," knew their documentary series had crossed over from obscurity to a pop culture phenomenon.

"When Alec Baldwin called Moira on her cellphone," Ricciardi says flatly.

It was January 2016...


My favorite drama that you’ve probably never watched is in its third and final season and I’m not ready to let go.

I’ve spent the last few years lost in the lush gardens, ornate wardrobes and myriad scandals of "Versailles," an hour-long weekly drama that chronicles the rise of King Louis XIV as...


The scream queen. It’s a title that’s been used time and time again in horror movies. The damsel in distress often has to fight back and become her own hero — and Laurie Strode is the template.

As originated in the "Halloween" franchise by Jamie Lee Curtis, Strode was the babysitter with a fighting...


"Come upstairs with me," Bella Thorne says. She takes off, racing up the neon-lit steps she has painted — every one a different color of the rainbow — to her bedroom, above which iridescent pink bulbs warn: "[f—] off."

She waves me in anyway, past her bed — a mattress on the floor, encased by a...


Like the final girl at the end of a teen slasher movie, the "Halloween" franchise is a survivor. Since Jamie Lee Curtis first faced Michael Myers in 1978, the series has been bloodied by multiple bad sequels and overwrought remakes.

This weekend, a back-to-basics follow-up to the John Carpenter...


Seeing is believing with Buster Keaton, a movie god who continues to inspire awe more than half a century after his death.

A silent film comic actor and director almost without peer whose best work feels remarkably modern, Keaton bridges a cultural continuum from vaudeville to Samuel Beckett, with...


The last time Kennedy Ashlyn went back to her old city of Oakland, she didn’t know how she’d feel. The singer for the new electronic project SRSQ, and co-founder of the band Them Are Us Too, happened to return to the city on a very difficult anniversary, but she was surprised at the normalcy of...


A cartoonish take on U.S. politics

Regarding "The Cartoon Art of Jim Carrey’s Political Fury is Headed to a Gallery Exhibition" [Oct. 14]: This article includes one of Jim Carrey’s ugly sketches of the president of the United States of America. Millions of people voted for President Trump for many...


Less glamorous than youth and less revered than old age, the middle age years are often overlooked. For some, it is a contradictory time: interminable and fleeting, depressing and invigorating.

For the British-German performance collective Gob Squad, who are now in their middle age years, they...


During the production of the masterpiece of horror "The Exorcist," director William Friedkin and screenwriter William Peter Blatty enjoyed having fun with the suits at Warner Brothers. At one point, the two were going to shoot a mock scene from the movie with Groucho Marx and send the footage to...


New on Blu-ray

"Sorry to Bother You" (20th Century Fox DVD, $21.72; Blu-ray, $34.99; also available on VOD)

One of the most original comedies of the year, this lacerating social satire stars Lakeith Stanfield as an Oakland-based telemarketer who rockets to success when he starts making calls using...


The first time Jonah Hill’s mom dropped him off at the West L.A. Courthouse, she didn’t want him to get out of the car. He’d told her this was his favorite place to skateboard — the spot where he and his buddies had been hanging after school. But seeing it in person — a dingy cement courtyard populated...


Happy weekend, folks! I’m Carolina A. Miranda, staff writer at the Los Angeles Times, here to let you know that El Lay has got it going on this week. The essentials:

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Adrian Piper, writes Times art critic Christopher Knight, "is one of those artists whose work unpeels like an onion."...


In the last week of August 1993, Sacha Gervasi made a promise to actor Hervé Villechaize.

Then a reporter for the Mail on Sunday, a British tabloid aimed at the conservative readers of "Middle England," Gervasi was sent to Los Angeles for what was supposed to be low-hanging journalistic fruit:...


Charlie Collier is leaving his post as president of AMC, Sundance TV and AMC Studios to head up Fox, the company to be spun off from 21st Century Fox after the sale of most of its assets to Walt Disney Co.

Collier, whose appointment as chief executive of entertainment was announced Friday night,...


The Internet Movie Database is rolling the end credits for Withoutabox, its online film festival submission platform that for more than 10 years has catered to indie filmmakers looking to get into festivals including Sundance and Toronto.

Withoutabox will be phased out over the next year, according...


SERIES

Versailles Fabien (Tygh Runyan) finds it difficult to maintain order while Louis (George Blagden) rejects Maintenon (Catherine Walker). Alexander Vlahos also stars in this new episode. 7 p.m. Ovation

Wolves and Warriors Matt and the team head to Oklahoma on the trail of 26 wolves that were...


Ballet Folklórico de México de Amalia Hernández The company celebrates the dance traditions of Mexico. Luckman Fine Arts Complex, Cal State LA, 5151 State University Drive, L.A. Sun., 6 p.m. $28-$50. (323) 343-6600.

Old/News An updated version of choreographer Danielle Agami’s first work for her...


Beethoven, Bagels & Banter Chamber music by Beethoven and Messiaen; with cellist Robert deMaine and others. The Edye at the Broad Stage, 1310 11th St., Santa Monica. Sun., 11 a.m. $65. (310) 434-3200.

Camerata Pacifica Chamber music by Beethoven, Mozart, John Adams and others. Museum of Ventura...


THEATER

Capsule reviews are by Charles McNulty (C.M.), Philip Brandes (P.B.), F. Kathleen Foley (F.K.F.), Margaret Gray (M.G.) and Daryl H. Miller (D.H.M.).

Openings

Return to the Forbidden Planet Tune-filled spoof of 1950s and ’60s sci-fi flicks and TV shows. Rubicon Theatre Company, 1006 E. Main...


Reviews by Leah Ollman (L.O.).

Museum Openings

Beyond the Earth and the Sky: Dia de Los Muertos Juried display of art and altars by local artists. Museum of Latin American Art, 628 Alamitos Ave., Long Beach. Now open; ends Nov. 11. Closed Mon.-Tue. $7, $10; under 12, free. (562) 437-1689.

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Next up in the L.A. Phil's colossal centennial season is Gustavo Dudamel conducting for the first time the full score of Prokoviev's ballet, "Romeo and Juliet," with the balcony scene choreographed by Benjamin Millepied and danced by L.A. Dance Project.

It is strange to remember, in this age of full-frontal, heavy breathing, American premium-cable sex madness, that respectable old PBS was once the hottest network around, thanks primarily to the importation of British series whose perceived seriousness let a little nudity or an "adult" situation...